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- Tanba cloth — the restored folk craft textile
Tanba cloth (Tanba-fu) was used to be called “Sajimomen (佐治木綿)“, a plain woven folk textile of handspun cotton and silk, produced at Saji-village, Tanba. Sajimomen was popular in the late Edo period, and once died out until the beginning of 20th century. After it was extinct, it had completely fallen into oblivion.
However, Yanagi Soetsu, a leading personality of the Japan’s folk crafts movement (“mingei“), discovered its vintage cloth at a flea market by coincidence in 1930’s, and he renamed it as “Tanba-nuno“. The attempt of restoration has carried out since 1953 by a group of local craftspeople, along with the support by Yanagi.
Another fascinating characteristic is the vegetation dyeing collected from local plants grew wild. All of dyeing are done by the plant dyes.
Below are a wide variety of Tanba-cloth we stock in different patterns and colors.
Tanba cloth is the two lot product and popular product sold out quickly. We could consult on the request of custom design.